Definition of “single-handed” - English Dictionary

“single-handed” in British English

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single-handedadjective

uk /ˌsɪŋ.ɡəlˈhæn.dɪd/ us /ˌsɪŋ.ɡəlˈhæn.dɪd/

(Definition of “single-handed” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

“single-handed” in American English

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single-handedadjective [ not gradable ]

us /ˈsɪŋ·ɡəlˈhæn·dɪd/

involving only one person's work or effort:

The round-the-world single-handed race is sailing's ultimate challenge.
single-handedly
adverb us /ˈsɪŋ·ɡəlˈhæn·dɪd·li/

She single-handedly supported the family after her husband’s death.

(Definition of “single-handed” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

“single-handed” in Business English

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single-handedadverb

uk us

also single-handedly without help from anyone else:

He turned the business around virtually single-handed.
Google was almost single-handedly responsible for making advertising on the internet successful.

single-handedadjective

uk /ˌsɪŋɡlˈhændɪd/ us

done without help from anyone else:

The trucking company took single-handed control of most of the 6,500 independent truckers that service Los Angeles.

(Definition of “single-handed” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)